Odynophagia - Definition

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Odynophagia describes pain experienced when swallowing solids or liquids. It particularly affects the pharynx, connecting the mouth to the oesophagus at the moment of swallowing, as well as the oesophagus, through which the food travel to reach the stomach. Odynophagia can be the symptom of various diseases, with angina and pharyngitis the most common suspects, where localized irritation at the back of the throat creates symptoms. Medication prescribed to treat the symptom itself has not been clearly proven as effective, and it would appear that honey is just as effective as the molecules. Treating the underlying cause can make the pain disappear.